Saturday, 7 July 2007

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Adult Four-spotted Chaser (subspecies L. q. quadrimaculata) at Brigstock, Northants - July 2011

OTHER NAMES: Four-spotted Skimmer, Four-spotted Libellula
Featured Subspecies: Libellula quadrimaculata quadrimaculata
Length: 39-48mm
Wingspan: 76mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Four-spotted Chaser is a more aquatic based species than other of the more common ones. It is a comparatively drab species which can be identified by the namesake 4 black spots on its wings. It is found over shallow pools.  It is predated by larger species such Emperor Dragonfly.

Related Species:
Order: Odonata 

Family: Libellulidae 
Genus: Libellula 
SUBSPECIES: L. q. asahinai, L. q. gregorievi, L. q. orientalis, L. q. quadrimaculata

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Brigstock

Further Notes: 
RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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